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September 13, 2015
Wickenburg, Arizona, population 6,500, still looks much like the gold-mining town it was in the 1800s. It sits somewhere between faux and retro, 70 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix in the foothills of the Sonoran Desert. Prospecting for precious metals takes a curious combination of nerve and deep pockets. The same could be said these days for golf course development, especially when it entails an extensive real estate component. The impetus to build Wickenburg Ranch came from two veterans of the Arizona golf development scene, though this is the first time that William Brownlee and Wendell Pickett have dared to co-design a golf course and undertake an entire project on their own.
May 4, 2015
A view of the rugged woodland of the Dahlonega Plateau in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.
Creating the beautiful par-72 Currahee Club course required powerful bulldozers—and chutzpah.
March 18, 2015
SentryWorld Hole 16
A two-year renovation of Wisconsin's SentryWorld yields a much-improved public course.
November 11, 2014
7th hole, Wissahickon Course (Photo: Evan Schiller Golfshots.com)
After a complete restoration, it features an expanded course layout that testifies to the genius of designer A.W. Tillinghast.
September 1, 2014
Lush turf meets the sparkling sea at the Dominican Republic’s Corales Golf Club.
June 24, 2014
The Golf Club at Fiddler's Creek is set between Collier Seminole State Park and McIIvane Bay.
There aren’t many small towns that exude the culture and elegance of an urbane city. Perhaps that’s why people flock to downtown Naples, on the Gulf Coast of southwest Florida. Fifth Avenue there is rightly famous for its bistros, high-end clothing and jewelry shops and casually upscale lifestyle. Yet the area’s appeal is also because of what lies immediately beyond and around it: a golf-rich region, with low-lying courses set against a backdrop of untouched native habitats and wetland preserves.
May 4, 2014
A century ago, Nebraska’s greatest novelist, Willa Cather, gave voice to the raw nature and overwhelming scale of the state’s landscape. No one who has ever read her books, O Pioneer! (1913) or My Ántonia (1918), would mistake them for golf writing. But in drawing attention to the stark beauty and unremitting power of Nebraska’s vast open spaces, she identifies what makes a place like the Prairie Club so compelling.
January 8, 2014
View from the picturesque Shanqin Bay clubhouse. (Photo: Shanqin Bay)
The first time golf course architect Bill Coore walked this 400-acre site overlooking the South China Sea, he hardly said a word. Nothing unusual there, as he tends to take his time before deciding whether a piece of land will work.
October 3, 2013
Wide Open Fairways by Bradley S. Klein
Longtime BJT golf columnist Bradley S. Klein takes “a journey across the landscapes of modern golf” in his latest book, Wide Open Fairways.
August 1, 2013
Kinderlou Forest Golf Club, Valdosta, Georgia.
Enchanting landscapes and visionary technology make this Georgia course a gem.




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